Taslima Nasrin Releases Her Next Book Titled 'My Girlhood'

Published by Penguin, the book is set in the backdrop of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 and recollects Taslima Nasrin's early years.

Taslima Nasrin Releases Her Next Book Titled 'My Girlhood'

An award-winning author from Bangladesh- Taslima Nasrin, who is known as 'the author in exile' has come up with yet another book. Set in the backdrop of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, the book titled 'My Girlhood' recollects Taslima Nasrin's early years. From her birth on a holy day to the dawn of womanhood at fourteen to her earliest memories that alternate between scenes of violence, memories of her pious mother, the rise of religious fundamentalism, the trauma of molestation and the beginning of a journey that redefined her world. The book will release on March 16. 

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Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi writer, physician, feminist, secular humanist and human rights activist. She is known for her writing on women's oppression and criticism of religion, despite forced exile and multiple fatwas calling for her death. Nasrin's works have been translated into 30 different languages. Some of her books are banned in Bangladesh. She has been blacklisted and banished from the Bengal region (i.e. both from Bangladesh and the West Bengal state of India). 

Nasrin has been living in exile since 1994. After living more than a decade in Europe and the United States, she moved to India in 2004 but was banished from the country in 2008. Other acclaimed work of Taslima Nasrin includes Split, Lajja, All About Women and Exile. 

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Taslima is a recipient of multiple international awards, including the Ananda Purashkar from India; the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament; the Kurt Tucholsky Award from Swedish PEN; the Simone de Beauvoir Award and Human Rights Award from the Government of France; Le Prix de l’ Edit de Nantes from the city of Nantes, France; and the Academy award from the Royal Academy of Arts, Science and Literature, Belgium. Taslima addressed gatherings in the European Parliament, National Assembly of France, Sorbonne University, The University of Oxford, Harvard University and Yale University among others. A recipient of fellowships as a research scholar at Harvard and New York universities, she was also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in the USA in 2009.

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